January, 2010

Posts
  • Girish Raja's Blog

    xRM ISV Case Study: Client Profiles

    • 2 Comments

    This week I’ll be showcasing some of the Independent software Vendors (ISVs) that have built industry vertical applications using xRM. Today we’ll take a look at Client Profiles' legal practice management software.

    Powerful Application Framework Saves Legal Software Maker $2 Million

    Check out more about their solution on the case study page here: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/
    Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000005413

    You can also download this case study for printing & distribution here: ClientProfilesCaseStudy.doc

    Client Profiles saw an opportunity to develop legal practice management software that was easier to use than established solutions from Lexis-Nexis and Thomson Reuters. The company built a solution that takes advantage of the integration between Microsoft Dynamics® CRM and Microsoft® Office Outlook® to automate common tasks, such as retrieving new contacts for archival in a shared marketing database. To meet project goals, including rapid time-to-market, Client Profiles capitalized on the flexibility of xRM, the business application framework that underpins Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Developers accessed prebuilt workflow components and reporting services available through xRM to quickly infuse CRM4Legal with features that benefit multiple roles within any law firm. With xRM, Client Profiles dramatically reduced development time and achieved an estimated cost savings of U.S.$2 million.

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    Multi monitor support in Remote Desktop

    • 0 Comments

    I just had one of those eureka moments and had to blog about it right away.

    For years that I thought remote desktop would just take up one monitor so I never used it for programming on a remote machine or anything like that.

    But I just realized that you could span your remote desktop session across multiple monitors! There is a neat little option in Remote Desktop (under Display tab) to enable the use of all monitors for remote session.

    image

    Apparently the basic multi monitor remote desktop support has been enabled since Vista and Windows7 only makes it better.

    With Visual Studio 2010’s ability to drag individual code windows to separate monitors, this brings huge productivity gains (at least for me).

    image

    So what are you waiting for? Get the extra monitor and start coding now.

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    Silverlight & SharePoint coming at you fast

    • 0 Comments

    If you are a CRM developer, there are quite a few beta technologies coming fast your way and you better be ready.

    SharePoint 2010 DeveloperOffice 2010 WorkshopFirst off, SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 are really great products to watch out for and if you haven’t had the time to play with it yet, there is a Virtual Machine available for you to download and start right away. You can download the virtual machine here: 2010 Information Worker Demonstration Virtual Machine (Beta). Also don’t forget to checkout the developer training kits by clicking on the product logos above.

    Next up, I came across this video on twitter in which
    David Yack talks about Silverlight 4 & xRM. A short compelling video and there is no reason not to listen to it. After watching it, I realized that there is a whole series of such videos on MSDN as a podcast series called Bytes by MSDN.

    BytesbyMSDNBytes by MSDN is totally awesome. It is a collection of small podcasts usually under 5 minutes. Looking at the speaker line-up, it is a must add to your list of podcasts. The podcast feed is here:

    http://services.social.microsoft.com/feeds/feed/BytesbyMSDN

    Finally these things have increased my coding adrenaline to create a code sample that integrates CRM 4.0, Silverlight 4 & SharePoint 2010. It is a very basic sample and is almost ready. Look for it here shortly.

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    xRM ISV Case Study: Peak 15 Systems

    • 0 Comments

    PEAK 15Like climbers summiting a wind-swept mountain on little oxygen, tour operators often face harsh business conditions and work long hours. PEAK 15 Systems, named after the geographical survey name for Mount Everest, aims to guide tour operators to business success by reducing labor costs and increasing profitability. The PEAK 15 Tour Operator Software Suite helps operators assemble trips and drive more sales at the greatest possible efficiency.

    Software Builder Guides Tour Operators to Success with Hosted Solution

    As this solution proves, xRM makes it easy to host your applications in the cloud and more importantly do it in a multi-tenant way.

    Check out more about their solution on the case study page here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/
    Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000005393

    You can also download this case study for printing & distribution here: Peak15SystemsCaseStudy.docx

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    xRM ISV Case Study: CSSI

    • 0 Comments

    The solution that CSSI built on xRM is a great evidence on how developers can rapidly innovate and at the same time minimize risk by building on a proven platform. CSSI specializes in creating software to help companies with an insurance business model streamline and automate core business processes. Capitalizing on the built-in components and native extensibility offered through the xRM platform, CSSI built its VUE IncentivePoint solution in four months—70 percent faster than originally projected.

    To quote Joseph Westlake, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, CSSI

    “The workflow engine alone in xRM saved us a year in development time and helped us keep our project team small.”

    Check out more about their solution on the case study page here: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/
    Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000005412

    You can also download this case study for printing & distribution here: CSSICaseStudy.doc

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    xRM ISV Case Study: Spenta

    • 0 Comments

    The case study that I’ll be showcasing today is a unique one because Spenta Consulting not only built a nice solution for the much needed public sector industry but also released most of the IP as an open source project you can download at http://csp.codeplex.com/. Their solution not just showcases the capabilities of xRM but also shows how you can integrate SharePoint with xRM for various portal needs.

    Below is an extract from their case study which I personally love and vouch for.

    Because of their previous experience with the Microsoft .NET Framework, the development team was immediately familiar with the xRM object model. “For developers experienced with the .NET Framework, working with xRM is very straightforward,” says Sabater. “It provides a good object model and easy-to-use Web services.”

    Check out more about their solution on the case study page here: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/
    Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000005391

    You can also download this case study for printing & distribution here: SpentaConsultingCaseStudy.docx

Page 1 of 1 (6 items)